Where's the Dinosaur?

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I spy…over 90 dinosaurs in this beautiful book featuring tactile, embossed pages; and a great counting game to play!
 
In this fun-filled follow-up to the popular Where's the Dragon?, Grandfather, George, and Meg the dog are on the hunt again, searching for dinosaurs on a remote island. Oblivious grandpa manages to miss them all--but eagle-eyed kids will enjoy finding these beloved creatures and feeling ...
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Overview

I spy…over 90 dinosaurs in this beautiful book featuring tactile, embossed pages; and a great counting game to play!
 
In this fun-filled follow-up to the popular Where's the Dragon?, Grandfather, George, and Meg the dog are on the hunt again, searching for dinosaurs on a remote island. Oblivious grandpa manages to miss them all--but eagle-eyed kids will enjoy finding these beloved creatures and feeling their bumpy, spiny scales and knobby horns on every spread.

 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
George and his intrepid grandfather—both smartly dressed in 19th-century attire—travel via hot air balloon to a remote island where it’s rumored that there are living dinosaurs. More than 90 embossed dinosaurs and fossils are hidden in Moseley’s paintings. But George and Grandfather mistake the dinosaurs’ legs for tree trunks and a T. rex’s rumbling for a volcano, departing the island none the wiser (“What a shame! Not a single dinosaur to be seen!”). While George and Grandfather’s obliviousness is taken to the extreme, readers should enjoy being in on the secret. Oddly, none of the dinosaurs are identified. Ages 4–7. (May)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—George, his dog, and his grandfather go on a dinosaur-hunting expedition, setting off in a hot-air balloon for the island where the creatures supposedly live. George finds an egg, a tooth, and a pile of bones, but Grandfather says that's not enough proof of their existence. He climbs what he thinks is a tree to use his telescope but still doesn't see any dinosaurs. The "tree" is actually a dinosaur head but he is oblivious. He leaves the island disappointed. What Grandfather doesn't see is dinosaurs everywhere. They always seem to be behind him. The cover of the book says there are "…over 90 hidden dinosaurs for you to find!" George and readers are able to see every one of them. Many are tactile, and readers are able to feel different textures in the scenes as well. The illustrations are done with watercolors; the nature scenes are lush and reptiles are detailed. The clothes of the characters and the style of the hot-air balloon set the story in the 1800s. Dinosaur lovers will like this one and will giggle at Grandfather's ineptitude. Kids love being in on a joke that grown-ups don't get, and this one plays out in a delightful way.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Mr. Magoo has nothing on young George's grandfather, who manages to miss nearly 100 dinosaurs concealed (or not) in the pictures illustrating this visit to a remote volcanic island. In broadly brushed watercolors, Moseley depicts the two explorers (and George's basset, Meg) taking a quick trip in a hot-air balloon and wandering through woodsy settings. Throughout, they are surrounded by dinosaurs of various recognizable but unidentified sorts that either stand in plain view or are slightly concealed within the lines of rocks, tree trunks and other natural features. An Apatosaurus, for instance, is hidden in the curving lines of a mountain range; less trickily, a flock of pterosaurs escorts them on their approach to the island. Many of the creatures are also embossed or outlined in a slightly raised plastic overlay that can be felt or spotted by tilting the page to catch shiny reflections. Though George and Meg have no trouble spotting dinosaur sign, Grandpa misses it all and makes a disappointed comment as the three visitors sail homeward. Young dino-hunters, on the other hand, never had it so good. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402788949
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Series: Where's the ...? Series
  • Pages: 26
  • Sales rank: 587,564
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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